Statement: High Court of Trinidad and Tobago strikes down longstanding buggery law

Six individuals standing in a row, holding the flags of Trinidad and Tobago and the rainbow flag.
Staff from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Realize celebrate the ruling.

Today, in an historic decision, the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago has struck down as unconstitutional the longstanding, homophobic “buggery” law, most often used to criminalize same-sex intimacy between consenting adults.

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is thrilled to congratulate our friends, colleagues and fellow activists, all of whom have worked tirelessly for this important victory.

Discrimination and legalized hate against LGBQTI people must never stand.

We will continue to work with our partners in the Caribbean to see an end to these terrible laws, which fly in the face of international human rights standards. Our similar challenge in Jamaica, now before the court, should only be strengthened by today’s groundbreaking decision.

Today is a very good day.